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Wed 22 May 2013


The Department for Education announced today (May 22) that the Secretary of State Michael Gove has approved the application by a group of local parents and teachers to open a new local secondary school, Harperbury Free School.

Wed 22 May 2013


Over 70% set up by teaching profession

Free Schools charity, the New Schools Network today welcomed the 102 new Free Schools approved by Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove. The new schools join the 190 that have already opened, or will open this September and beyond, creating much needed additional school places across the country and addressing educational disadvantage.


Wed 22 May 2013


Education Secretary Michael Gove today approved 102 new free school applications to open in 2014 and beyond, delivering around 50,000 new school places.

Wed 22 May 2013


One of the Government’s flagship free schools is to be backed by former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney and will have the aim of giving primary school children the chance to flourish in the performing arts.

Tue 21 May 2013


Parents are celebrating after the Department for Education formally backed plans for a mixed, non-denominational free school in East Finchley.

The Archer Academy’s chair of governors Avis Johns has signed the funding agreement with the department, meaning plans to open the school in September will go ahead.

Free Schools in the media
Mon 20 May 2013

The headteacher of Camden’s newest free school has outlined her vision for the first time – and revealed she thought “long and hard” before taking on the job.

Abacus Belsize Primary School’s newly-appointed principal Vicky Briony said Mandarin classes and “outdoor learning” – with reading, writing and maths work spilling out into the playground – will be at the heart of the school’s ethos when it opens in September.

Tue 14 May 2013


A NEW primary school, established by a community group, could open on the Isle of Wight.